Evans finishes Sonnen in a hurry

Prior to UFC 167 taking place, Rashad Evans felt like his
co-main event fight against Chael Sonnen was being overlooked as
part of a huge card, so his mission was to make everyone remember
why he is one of the best light heavyweights in the world.

He also had to deal with the fact that in facing Sonnen he was
taking on a close friend and broadcast partner after the two
fighters had worked together on several occasions as part of the
UFC on FOX analyst team.

None of it mattered once the fight started, however, as Evans
wasted no time in taking the fight to Sonnen turning the tables on
the former collegiate wrestler with the first takedown of the
fight. Once Evans put Sonnen down, he wouldn’t get back up
again.

Evans methodically worked to pass Sonnen’s guard until he
finally landed in the mount where he could start raining down a
fire storm of punches. The former middleweight title contender
rolled to try and avoid damage, but that only fueled Evans’ offense
from the top. Evans pounded away on Sonnen like a steak until the
Oregon native appeared to tap out and immediately referee Herb Dean
rushed in for the stoppage.

Evans has been a part of some of the most heated rivalries in
UFC history including his battles with former teammate Jon Jones as
well as fellow Ultimate Fighter season 10 coach Quinton “Rampage”
Jackson. Fighting a friend was even harder according to Evans, but
fighting is what all UFC competitors are paid to do and this was no
different.

“It’s part of the sport we play,” Evans said after the
victory.

Evans (19-3-1) now hopes to get back on the path towards another
title shot, although he stated when speaking to UFC commentator Joe
Rogan that he’s willing to work hard to get there even if it takes
a few more victories. Sonnen (29-14-1) will now head off to Brazil
where he will take on Wanderlei Silva in the newest international
edition of The Ultimate Fighter before the two face off in
2014.